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      08-31-2014, 03:12 AM   #1
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F83 M4 Convertible reviews are in

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http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/...t-drive-review

I think they like it!

And here's Auto Express:

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/bmw/4-s...ertible-review

This one from Top Gear, with an article of the folding roof:
http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/b...ive-2014-08-30
http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/B...ets-2014-09-01

From Telegraph UK (with closed roof): http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/...nvertible.html

What Car: http://www.whatcar.com/car-news/bmw/...review/1309728

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From Pistonheads: http://www.pistonheads.com/news/defa...?storyId=30753

MSN UK: http://cars.uk.msn.com/reviews/bmw-m...w-2014-onwards

Motoring Australia: http://www.motoring.com.au/reviews/p...4-review-45701

Motoring Research: http://www.motoringresearch.com/car-...ive-0831948117
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      08-31-2014, 07:33 AM   #2
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I was wondering when these would start coming in. Pretty much what you'd expect based on the initial F8x reviews back in May.

Priced the Equivalent of 100k USD in the UK. Wow
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      08-31-2014, 08:31 AM   #3
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This is a very tempting alternative to supercharging the E93 M3, AND it comes with better back-seat room as well. Hmmm...
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      08-31-2014, 11:58 AM   #4
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That color combo is really nice and classy. The new M3/4 is a sure winner for BMW.
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      08-31-2014, 12:12 PM   #5
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That color combo is really nice and classy. The new M3/4 is a sure winner for BMW.
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      08-31-2014, 12:30 PM   #6
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I'm looking forward to move in-depth reviews (perhaps from members here). While it's good to read both of these reviews, they essentially mimic E93 reviews - it's a little heavier, handles surprisingly well for a convertible, is less stiff than the coupe, and sounds great with the roof down. Not sure if this adds any value to anyone here - we all knew this already!

I'm very curious to hear how it compares to the E93 (which I currently own) with a greater emphasis placed on the engine, steering, noise, and brakes - which is pretty much what counts (I might be missing a couple of things here but I think everyone gets the point). I don't mean to sound grumpy but I'm looking forward to a more in-depth review, as these were far too generic!
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      08-31-2014, 12:42 PM   #7
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What color is the interior? How do you guys think it would look on the M3 with a SS exterior? Thx
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Sweet car, but when it comes to 3 series verts, the E36 is still my favorite.
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      08-31-2014, 01:32 PM   #9
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Love those brown seats.
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      08-31-2014, 01:54 PM   #10
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I'm looking forward to move in-depth reviews (perhaps from members here). While it's good to read both of these reviews, they essentially mimic E93 reviews - it's a little heavier, handles surprisingly well for a convertible, is less stiff than the coupe, and sounds great with the roof down. Not sure if this adds any value to anyone here - we all knew this already!
^^This. The 'vert is certainly not the track-users choice yet it always get compared to the coupe (and now the sedan). Geez, it can't hold as much as the X5M either but it has a bigger moonroof; they might as well throw that in there too.

I've read that BMW consistently sells about 15,000 M 'verts total every generation, so it's a strong but niche offering and one-of-a-kind until the c-class AMG comes along ... So it really should only be compared to the generations before it.
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      08-31-2014, 02:03 PM   #11
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AutoBild, in German only...

At 2:08 he talks about the one advantage that the M4 convertible has over the coupe. Free access to the sound! He goes on to say that, yes he know a lot of people talk about missing the sound of the V8, but that this engine sounds "grandios"! While cruising it's quiet like a 4 cyl but screams like a V10 under acceleration...

Not everyone will agree, but it's interesting that sound has been praised by several reviewers. Something many here would have bet money against happening

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      08-31-2014, 02:24 PM   #12
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AutoBild, in German only...

At 2:08 he talks about the one advantage that the M4 convertible has over the coupe.
There are 3 advantages:

(1.) Sound. You hear the engine, the intake, the exhaust, (now the turbo), the wind, semi trucks, wildlife, the ocean, and whatever else is happening around you. You haven't really been scared until you thread between two loaded dump trucks with the top down going 80mph under full throttle - you hear the rocks bounce off the pavement and whizz through the air right past your skull.

(2.) Smell. You smell oil, petrol, burning rubber, burning brakes, sage brush, pine, the ocean, and anything else that's happening around you.

(3.) Feel. The wind - when you're going fast with top down, it feels fast.

Bonus: shit you find in your car after a week of top-down driving. Mostly acorns, pine needles, etc but you also get the occasional bolt or other hardware.
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So wonder how well Active Sound mixes with the roof down?
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      08-31-2014, 09:27 PM   #14
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So wonder how well Active Sound mixes with the roof down?
The reviews so far say it sounds great.
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      09-01-2014, 05:24 AM   #15
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This one from Top Gear, with an article of the folding roof:
http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/b...ive-2014-08-30
http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/B...ets-2014-09-01

From Telegraph UK (with closed roof): http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/...nvertible.html

What Car: http://www.whatcar.com/car-news/bmw/...review/1309728
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      09-01-2014, 10:52 AM   #16
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Best review so far as they compare to the rs5 and jag, but i wish someone would do an e93 comparo... There just aren't other rwd 4 seat sport convertibles to compare... The new c class amg should be interesting
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BMW should make a new "convertible system" made entirely of carbon fiber, including all the internal and external parts that move in the process. This would decrease the compromise of getting a convertible because of the weight and looks with closed roof.

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From Pistonheads: http://www.pistonheads.com/news/defa...?storyId=30753

MSN UK: http://cars.uk.msn.com/reviews/bmw-m...w-2014-onwards

Motoring Australia: http://www.motoring.com.au/reviews/p...4-review-45701

Motoring Research: http://www.motoringresearch.com/car-...ive-0831948117
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      09-01-2014, 11:43 PM   #19
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Neck warmers aside I prefer this seat design to the closed roof version. They also appear to have thigh extenders, something I loved on my E92 M3.
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BMW should make a new "convertible system" made entirely of carbon fiber, including all the internal and external parts that move in the process. This would decrease the compromise of getting a convertible because of the weight and looks with closed roof.
Excellent idea.

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BMW should make a new "convertible system" made entirely of carbon fiber, including all the internal and external parts that move in the process. This would decrease the compromise of getting a convertible because of the weight and looks with closed roof.

My thoughts exactly. Everytime I take a BMW survey I make that suggestion. I think if they made the outer shell of carbon fiber, it would help reduce the weight of the car. I wonder if they could use the the carbon fiber from the building of the i3 and i8 to manufacture the top?
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BMW should make a new "convertible system" made entirely of carbon fiber, including all the internal and external parts that move in the process. This would decrease the compromise of getting a convertible because of the weight and looks with closed roof.
Not cost effective and would be terrible for sound deadening

Bad idea
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